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How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility for Your Parent

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How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility for Your Parent

October 22nd, 2020

There often comes a time when we realize it’s time to move your parent into a senior assisted living community. But because they’re your parent, you don’t want them to move into just any facility – you want a community where they can feel at home. To help you find the right community for your loved one, we’ve provided a checklist below to guide you through the decision-making process.

Assisted Living Facility Tour Checklist

Things that are important to you and your parent.

When looking at assisted living communities, be sure you know what is most important to both you and your parent:

  • What are the most valuable things I want in an assisted living community for my parent?
  • What’s the best way for me to get accurate information from the community where my parent will live?
  • What does a successful outcome look like for my parent?
  • Is this community affordable for both my parent and I in the long-term?
  • What is my distinction between price and value?

Each area of consideration.

There are specific factors you should ask about when looking at assisted living communities. These factors include: The quality of life your parent will have. The comfort and peace of mind the facility will provide. Affordability and financial security. Standard of care. Social opportunities for your parent. Intellectual stimulation and self-fulfillment. The experience your parent will have. Ability for your parent to feel fulfilled.

Questions to ask about the standard of care.

You want your parent to receive the very best care possible. Ask these following questions:

  • What does an average day look like, including morning routines, meals, activities and medical care?
  • What do the medical processes look like? Procedures?
  • What kind of high-tech innovations do they use for social activities, medical monitoring and safety for both the residents and staff?
  • How do they respond during a medical emergency? (Be sure to specifically address any conditions your parent has.)
  • What do they do to monitor conditions?
  • Do their procedures offer discretion?
  • What do they do if your parent’s condition changes?
  • What does around-the-clock care look like?
  • How frequently during the day will your loved one receive hands-on care?

Questions to ask about residency agreements, costs and finances.

Cost is certainly an important factor to consider when choosing an assisted living community. Be sure to ask the fees and costs of various levels of care:

  • Is there a residency agreement available that releases support services, any fees and moving requirements?
  • What do the policies look like for refunds and transfers?
  • Do they have a written care plan for each resident, and how often is it reviewed for updates?
  • Does the review include the resident, their family and their physician?
  • Are there available government or private programs to help cover the cost of care?
  • Are there additional services if your parent’s needs change?
  • Are there different costs for different levels of care?

Questions to ask about safety.

Your parent’s safety is a top priority. Be sure you understand the assisted living community’s safety protocols:

  • Is there fire safety throughout the community?
  • Do they practice safety drills and how often?
  • What does the emergency preparedness plan look like?
  • Are emergency plans reviewed with residents regularly to help reinforce memory?
  • What precautions are in place for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Comparing price and value.

The cost of assisted living should be put in perspective during your consideration. Take a look at your parent’s current cost of living and if you’ll be contributing to their care. Also include expenses such as their home maintenance, home owner’s insurance, property taxes and utility costs. Is the community you’re considering more than that cost? Decide if there’s wiggle-room in the budget or if you need to look at a community that’s more affordable.

Visual impressions during the on-site visit.

Finally, don’t forget to consider the neighborhood around the assisted living community, it’s open spaces and staff:

  • Neighborhood: What does the neighborhood look like? Is it well maintained? Is it quiet? What’s the layout of the facility campus like?
  • Residency: Will your parent feel comfortable there? Will they feel at home? Do they have the option to bring items from home that make them feel more relaxed?
  • Community spaces: Are the grounds manicured? Is there easy access to the dining area, living area and social and entertainment rooms? Are these areas clean and well kept? Do they feel home-like/modern (depending on your parent’s preference)? Do you see other residents socializing? Do residents seem happy and comfortable? Are there elevators (for multi-story communities), ramps and handrails?
  • Staff: Is staff friendly? Do they greet you warmly when you arrive? Does the executive director interact with residents and know them by name? Are staff members dressed appropriately?

Choose Garden Plaza, a Senior Assisted Living Facility

With Garden Plaza in Florissant, MO, we provide an assisted living community that helps your parent maintain the independence they want while still receiving the care they need. We offer many different services and amenities in our resort-style community that help your parent feel right at home. Has your parent been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? Garden Plaza provides memory care with extensive safety measures while still helping them live the life they want.

Contact our team today to schedule a personal tour and see how Garden Plaza meets your needs.